A spaghetti dinner and silent auction benefit for Christopher Johnson will be Saturday, Jan. 19 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the St. Michael American Legion Post No. 567, The Liberty Restaurant, 25 Central Ave. E., St. Michael.
Christopher, an Otsego resident, was diagnosed with cancer in September. He was immediately referred to the specialists at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. The type of cancer Christopher has is unknown — having never been treated by the doctors at Mayo. Because of this and because it is so aggressive, his treatment has included a very intense mixture of chemotherapy and radiation. The treatment has decreased the size of the tumor from a softball down to a golf ball, and Christopher is scheduled to have surgery to remove most, if not all of it, followed by more chemotherapy and-or radiation.
He has had to take a leave of absence from work as a union pipefitter, making increasing medical bills and living expenses difficult for his family, fiancée, Amber, and their sons, Austin, 15, and Blake, 10.
Tickets are $10. All proceeds will go to the family for medical and living expenses.
Donations can be mailed to the Christopher Johnson Benefit, c/o Building Trades Credit Union, 12080 73rd Ave. N., Maple Grove, Minn. 55369. Make checks payable to: Christopher Johnson Benefit.